How to Save Money By Ditching Your Car

Did you know, on average, you can save $5960 every year by not owning a car? Start by going car-free for just one day on Car Free Day, Wednesday, September 22! Take Commuter Connections Car Free Day pledge to leave your car at home for the chance to win several great prizes, including grocery store gift cards, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, restaurant gift cards, and much more!  

Benefits of going car-free on Car Free Day: 

  1. Helps the environment 

Did you know that transportation accounts for 29% of greenhouse gases in the United States? Like the Metro and bus, public transportation produces 76% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to cars. Best of all, when you work from home or walk to work, your greenhouse gas emission contributions are cut down to zero.

  • Reduces your expenses

Owning a car is costly. Aside from the cost of the vehicle itself, gas, insurance, maintenance, depreciation, parking, and tolls quickly add up. On the bright side, walking, biking, or working from home are entirely free ways to get around and can save thousands of dollars each year.

  • Saves time 

It’s no secret that driving in the D.C. Metro area can be a challenge. Getting out from behind the wheel allows you to enjoy repurposing your time that would otherwise be spent battling traffic on the road. Finally, read that book, catch up on emails, catch up on personal items, etc.

  • Avoids unnecessary stress

Traveling to work is unpredictable – traffic can easily add 30 minutes to your trip. Not driving allows you to focus on more important things in your life and avoid added stress.

  • Less driving = more exercise 

One of the best ways to fit more exercise into your day is to walk or bike more, rather than driving. Giving up your car (even for just one trip!) allows you to spend more time moving your body, even if you’re only walking for a few minutes down the road.

So, what are you waiting for? Take the pledge to go car free and save time, money, and the environment on September 22! Interested in going car free but not sure where to start? Get in touch with the Go West Alex team at Info@GoWestAlex.com.

Lower Fares, Later Service Starting Labor Day Weekend

Starting September 5, Metro is making changes to make riding easier, more affordable, and more convenient than ever.

Savings

  • Free bus transfers – If you connect between rail and bus, your bus ride will now be free for all routes except Express service.  
  • Lower rail fares on weekends – Weekend fares on Metrorail will be $2 for a one-way trip.
  • Lower prices for 7-day Regional Bus Pass – Customers will now pay $12 for a 7-day Regional Bus Pass, $6 for seniors/disabled customers. 

Metrorail

  • Extended Hours – The Metro will run until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Reduced Wait Times – Customers can expect to wait no more than 3-6 minutes for a train on weekdays at any station served by multiple lines all day until 9:30 p.m.
  • Late-night service – More trains every hour after 9:30 p.m., every 5-8 minutes at any station served by multiple lines, and every 10 minutes on the Red Line. 

Metrobus

  • Reduced Wait Times – Wait times of 12 minutes or less on the busiest bus lines. Waits of no more than 20 minutes on 16 other lines.
  • Additional Routes – An additional 64 bus routes, added either through restoration or addition.

For more information, visit WMATA’s website to learn more. If you have any questions or would like assistance with your trip on the Metro or Metrobus, reach out to our team at Info@GoWestAlex.com! We’d be happy to help.